Leeds must find 4,000 more school places

The number of pupils in the city’s primary schools could soar by more than 11,000 in the next three years meaning more than 4,000 new places have to be provided.

The huge figures have emerged as town hall bosses nationally warn that almost half the school districts in England could have more primary pupils than places in just two years.

A Local Government Association (LGA) report has warned that the numbers of primary school pupils in Leeds will rise to 69,641 by 2016/17. There is currently capacity for just over 65,000 pupils.

The LGA report shows the demand for extra places in Leeds is greater than the rest of the Yorkshire region combined.

Several parts of the city are also listed in a national league table of areas facing the most acute pressure for new school places.

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